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Cubs First Kill

Posted on October 3, 2010

What a priveledge to witness what is most likely Hlaba Nkunzi’s two 8 months old cubs first proper kill.

We have seen them playing with and killing a small banded mongoose before but 2 days ago Heinrich and I saw them with their first antelope kill, a young bushbuck.

Hlaba Nkunzi managed to subdue the young bushbuck and then sat back and watched for danger as her cubs went about finishing off the kill. It was a long process and quite emotional for some guests as the bushbuck cried out and tried to escape. What was interesting was that the female cub claimed the kill as her own and growled every time the young male came too close.

I like this image even with all the long grass as the expression on the face of the female cub captures her confidence! No doubt she will be a great hunter like her mother one day. As for the male, keep practising young man!

8 thoughts on “Cubs First Kill

  1. One of the first stages in coming of age,- Thank You Dave,

    as you say, she has an amazing heritage and blood line history to draw upon and fulfill.

  2. Joan, Debra, Mike and I were with Dave the day the female cub killed the banded mongoose. Another first for the Kalan’s. All the rangers/guides at LH know just where to be at the right time. That’s why we keep coming back. Duncan, I’m back to my 5 miles/day. Thanks again for all you did for us.

  3. Joan, Debra, Mike and I were with Dave the day the female cub killed the banded mongoose. Another first for the Kalan’s. All the rangers/guides at LH know just where to be at the right time. That’s why we keep coming back. Duncan, I’m back to my 5 miles/day. Thanks again for all you did for us.

  4. WOW! These cubs are awesome. Been working on a video we took in August . Darned thing has too many Megs, I think, to post on the blog. Think I’ll post it on Youtube. Maybe, Brendon can come up with a solution. It’s of her cub playing with a dead monkey and it is really quite funny. Gary, you remember that one.
    We, also, love LH!

    Cheers! joy

  5. Hi Joy,
    You need to convert your video to a FLV file (Flash Video)and compress it using Allok software. You will find the download link for the software and detailed instructions on the following help page:

    http://www.leopardhills.com

    Alternatively, you can post it on YouTube and embed the YouTube video in your article using the embed code provided by YouTube. You will also find instructions for this on the above page.

    Let me know if you need any further help.

    Thanks.

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